Cornerstone - Spring 2013 - (Page 3)
ADDRESS FROM THE CHIEF EDITOR
Engagement to Support the Critical
Importance of Coal
By Gu Dazhao
General Manager, Science and Technology Development Department, Shenhua Group
Chief Editor, Cornerstone
“Cornerstone will address coal’s role in the
issues at the nexus
where technology, environment, and policy
t the end of 2012 Dr. Zhang
Xiwu, the Chairman of the Shenhua Group, which is both China’s and the world’s largest coal company, became the Chair of the World
Coal Association (WCA). Under Dr.
Zhang’s leadership, the WCA is establishing new resources to support the
continued and improved use of coal.
First, a Strategic Research Institute,
located in Beijing, has been founded
with the mission to develop a strategic
view of the future of global coal use.
Second, Cornerstone, the official publication of the world coal industry, will
address key issues facing the energy
community and the world.
There is no doubt that coal is required
to sustain development of societies
and to further improve the standard
of living in the world, especially for
the 2.5 billion people who live in extreme poverty (<$2/day). The challenges facing our world are paramount
considering that approximately 1.3
billion people have no access to electricity today. By 2050 approximately
6.3 billion people are expected to be
living in cities with much of the growth
coming in Asia and Africa. The world’s
thirst for energy will continue to be
met, in part, by coal.
It will not be simple to address the issues and solutions associated with
meeting increased energy demand
while improving quality of life globally.
Finding solutions for a growing world
has not been simple in the past and
will not be so in the future. Cornerstone will address coal’s role in the issues at the nexus where technology,
environment, and policy intersect.
Cornerstone will attempt to provide a
clear, understandable discussion of
issues and challenges from multiple
This publication will address key challenges faced by the coal industry and
will include economics in the discussion. This type of dialogue is particularly important today, as expensive
and far reaching changes in the energy
sector are considered. Cornerstone
will also bring quantitative, data-based
and reasoned information to the issues
and challenges affecting our energy
systems. This, the inaugural issue of
Cornerstone, is focused on the role of
coal in the electric sector and what
options exist to increase a specific focus on the electric power sectors of
China and the U.S. Future issues will
continue to explore different aspects
of the global coal and energy industry,
always striving to provide a fair and
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Spring 2013
Cornerstone - Spring 2013
Preface to the Inaugural Issue of Cornerstone
Engagement to Support the Critical Importance of Coal
Coal’s Role in the Global Energy Mix: Treading Water or Full Steam Ahead?
Social Development through Coal Energy
Mission Possible: An Environmentalist Looks at Coal and Climate
How the Energy Policy of the United States is Keeping New Coal-Fired Power Plants at a Standstill
The Development Strategy for Coal-Fired Power Generation in China
China’s Changing Energy Mix: An Interview with Fan Bi
Minamata Convention on Mercury – What Does It Mean for Coal?
U.S. Energy Subsidies in Perspective
Climate Change, Technology Innovation, and the Future of Coal
Rethinking CCS – Moving Forward in Times of Uncertainty
Coal/Biomass Coprocessing Strategy to Enable a Thriving Coal Industry in a Carbon-Constrained World
Clean and High-Efficiency Coal-Fired Power Generation in the Shenhua Group
Invitation for Contributions
Cornerstone - Spring 2013
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